27 Jul Pic(k) of the week 18: BROKEN TRAIN – Hua Lamphong Railway station, Bangkok

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A few years ago, I met Thai photographer, Rammy Narula, who was exhibiting his “Platform 10” work in a gallery in Bangkok. Rammy shot a great body of work during a six month period, at a single platform (nr10) at the Hua Lamphong Railway station. The work was also published in a great photo-book; click here for more info. 
Last week I got the chance to set out to the Hua Lamphong station again to do some more “street photography”. A shame the station will likely disappear in about a year or two as they are presently building a new station somewhere else.
I strongly believe there is difference between being inspired by another photographer versus wanting to copy somebody else his/her work just merely for having similar images. While the first one can often be a boost for the photographers creativity, the second is mostly counter-productive and unfulfilling.
The inspiration might just be the push to go to the same place, but almost always opens new perspectives and viewpoints. The beauty of Street/Documentary photography, is that the scene and subject matter constantly changes.
Although relatively small, I ended up shooting in the station for just over 3 hours; yes, it is full of photographic opportunities! 
The image below of a Thai boy waiting for the train to arrive, is probably the best “story telling image” I shot that day. I love how he is deeply involved in the movie he is watching while a broken toy train sits just on the side. The train in the shadow background, gives the whole image a send of place.
Although I also made a Black and White version (click here )

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